Paula Penfold is a senior journalist with investigative unit Stuff Circuit.

For over three decades, she’s worked across radio, television, digital and print, reporting from all over New Zealand and the world. Her career highlights have included the investigation into the miscarriage of justice against Teina Pora, and the victims of serial offender Malcolm Rewa; Stuff Circuit’s landmark project The Valley; and, for the first time in her journalistic career, going personal for an investigation into abortion law reform. Paula’s work has been recognised by awards judges in New Zealand and internationally.

Paula commented that Hillcrest High set her up so well for her future. “I had an amazing set of teachers who encouraged curiosity, which is the cornerstone of what I do. I also made you closest friends at HHS who remain my besties today; I feel very lucky”.